I like turning ideas in my head into reality. When I have a vision in my mind—that’s my focus. Great for innovating, creating and getting-things-done. The flipside to this tendency though is I can be so tunnel-vision to the point of being impatient to wait for those crucial in-between steps, before reaching whatever I’d define as “achieved”.
I used to be highly driven too and sometimes run myself and others to the ground. I also have remnants of an idealistic nature that are still being skimmed away.
However, as I’m being ahem*, educated by things-happening-in-my-life-which-I-can’t-control (plenty!), I’m learning to see and handle what I envisioned differently.
I’m getting slightly better at “being a better human”! Learning to recognise the little steps of faith; appreciating the little steps of progression. I’m also taking delight in giving thanks for the in-between steps, for those are the connectors that’ll take us from A to B, or wherever our defined end game is.
With that, here are four wins when we celebrate progress:
We’ll be kinder
Know what? Celebrating progress is one of the ways to be kind—to ourselves; to others. When we harp on what we have fixated or idealised in our mind, we might have a tendency to be pushier. It’s neither encouraging nor helps someone or you to move forward. Who likes to be beaten up? We’d be a better leader when we know how to coach people by one encouraging progress at a time.
We’ll be an encourager
We might be oblivious to the progress someone has made because we are so focused on the end result. We equate arriving at the big win as the ultimate goal; failing to recognise that steps taken in moving forward counts, and we might neglect to acknowledge the person who has made progress. When we learn to give thanks and be happy for the now-steps, we encourage people to continue on.
We get things done
We get things done too. Because by not focusing on all or nothing, we achieve more. Let’s say we wanna get fitter, instead of obsessing over the goal, have a realistic plan and just focus on getting the day’s scheduled exercise done. Then, focus on the next day, and the next. In fact, this is my operation plan now. Tackling one thing we can do not only takes the pressure off, but it also gives us a sense of accomplishment for that day. Let progress be the motivator to connect us to our goals.
We can rest better
We may be fighting for a cause or something to happen which seems impossible to be achieved in our lifetime. Until and unless we learn to celebrate every progress and trust in the sovereign Lord, we may soon find ourselves exhausted in our spirit.
Be a celebrator of progress. I think we could end up to be a better teacher, lover, friend, parent, boss, coach, husband, wife.